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This program is read by the author.

From one of the most lyrically gifted, socially conscious rappers of the past twenty years, Vibrate Higher is a firsthand account of hip-hop as a political force

Before Talib Kweli became a world-renowned hip hop artist, he was a Brooklyn kid who liked to cut class, spit rhymes, and wander the streets of Greenwich Village with a motley crew of artists, rappers, and DJs who found hip hop more inspiring than their textbooks (much to the chagrin of the educator parents who had given their son an Afrocentric name in hope of securing for him a more traditional sense of pride and purpose). Kweli’s was the first generation to grow up with hip hop as established culture - a genre of music that has expanded to include its own pantheon of heroes, rich history and politics, and distinct worldview.

Eventually, childhood friendships turned into collaborations and Kweli gained notoriety as a rapper in his own right. From collaborating with some of hip hop’s greatest - including Mos Def, Common, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar- to selling books out of the oldest African-American bookstore in Brooklyn, and ultimately leaving his record label and taking control of his own recording career, Kweli tells the winding, always compelling story of the people and events that shaped his own life as well as the culture of hip hop which informs American culture at large.
Vibrate Higher illuminates Talib Kweli’s upbringing and artistic success, but so too does it give life to hip hop as a political force - one that galvanized the Movement for Black Lives, and serves a continual channel for resistance against the rising tide of white nationalism.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

©2019 Talib Kweli (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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  • Steve B.
  • 26-02-21

Dropping Gems

Listened straight through! I will be getting the print edition too I enjoyed so much and the information Kweli shares is worth your time

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  • Devin
  • 19-02-21

Well done

I’ve been a fan of Kweli’s music for 20 years now. He’s actually the guy who inspired me to read more books. All throughout his lyrics over the years he’s referenced authors and I thought that was cool. It made me decide to make a conscious effort to follow authors in the same way I would musicians or actors. I knew a lot about Kweli’s backstory just from being a fan of his music and listening to his podcast but this biography is really well written, tying together his upbringing and family life growing up in Brooklyn with his journey in and relationship to hip hop and more recently political activism. Any fan of Kweli or hip hop broadly speaking will enjoy it.

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  • Justin Welborn
  • 19-02-21

You don’t need this review

If you’re wondering why you should listen to this just stop and get it. Ok?

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  • robert Vasquez
  • 03-04-21

left with appreciation and admiration for MR.Kweli

I appreciate hearing his voice tell his story. very interesting. learned of more artist through his mentions in the book. loved it. thank you.

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  • DJ
  • 11-03-21

Been a Talib fan forever

Been a Talib fan forever, since listening to him on the school bus in highschool onto being a piece of what inspired me to make music.

Loved all the stories about the albums i grew up loving. Intelligent and well spoken. The audiobook version definitely added to the whole experience

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-21

Great read!!

I've always been a Kweli fan... But this book showed me more about him and his career that further grew my appreciation for his contribution to the culture.

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  • Karl Wilson
  • 21-02-21

Loved it!

Especially the Twitter chapter which took me back to an Instagram exchange between Talib and the late great Ty.